A tragic father who lost his conscript son in Vladimir Putin‘s war in Ukraine has accused the Kremlin dictator of being a traitor to Russia for the for killing or maiming of up to 100,000 servicemen.
Dmitry Shkrebets, 44, accused the Russian president and his commanders of ‘murdering’ his son by their incompetence and rule-breaking, and went on to challenge Russia’s FSB secret service to arrest him for claiming Putin ‘betrayed’ him.
Shkrebets lost his son Yevgeny, 20, on the Moskva cruiser – the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet which was sunk by Ukrainian missiles earlier in the war.
But he went ballistic earlier this week after Putin’s sham meeting with supposed mothers of soldiers who lost their lives on the frontlines in Ukraine.
The grieving father hit out at Putin who he claimed was avoiding parents who have truly suffered untold grief in the war amid the loss of their sons, and dared Russia’s secret service to do something about his outburst.
Writing on social media, Shkrebets said: ‘Mr President, let me introduce you to the mothers and fathers of the killed soldiers and sailors.
‘You have not seen REAL mothers and fathers! Why are you putting on this cheap show?
‘Putin is no longer my president. I do not believe this man, he betrayed me.
‘I consider him a hypocrite and a traitor to my Motherland.’
‘So print it out in your newspapers – I am waiting for representatives of the Investigative Committee [FSB]. Come, guys, [give a summons] to the father of a son murdered by the incompetent leadership of your superiors… do you still have honest officers there?
‘Shame on the Motherland,’ he wrote.
Yevgeny Shkrebets, 20, was killed when Ukraine sank a Russian warship in April
Dmitry Shkrebets, 44 (L), poses with his son Yevgeny. The father accused the Russian president and his commanders of ‘murdering’ his son by their incompetence and rule-breaking
Moskva cruiser is pictured leaving Sevastopol, the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, days before it was sank by Ukrainian missiles in April
Putin is pictured earlier this week during a meeting with women who were supposedly mothers of Russian troops killed in Ukraine
Shkrebets went on to challenge members of Russia’s military leadership to appear on TV to be confronted by parents of those who have perished.
‘Trust me, it would be an unforgettable sight,’ he said.
‘I don’t think about meeting with the president. He doesn’t give a damn about us – people who want to convey the reality to him….
‘I am waiting for a worthy person in the next elections in Russia, for whom I can cast my vote.’
Shkrebets’ son was on board the Moskva when it sank on April 14 after being hit by a Ukrainian missile attack.
Yevgeny was one of 17 who Russian officials admitted died in the sinking which led to Putin firing the fleet’s commander Vice Admiral Igor Osipov.
This came despite Putin’s promises that there would be no conscripts sent into the conflict.
For months the father has demanded proper dialogue with commanders over the sinking, and has also spoken out against draconian new laws coming into effect on December 1 which seek to prevent almost all public discussion about the war and the deployment of Russian forces.
It will prevent the Council of Mothers – a new campaigning organisation created by mothers of soldiers sent to the frontlines – from publicly demanding the return of their ill-trained and badly equipped men from the war zone.
In staged propaganda, Vladimir Putin held a sham meeting of women posing as wives and mothers of Russian servicemen earlier this week
Olga Tsukanova, 46, mother of a missing conscript and founder of a new Mothers and Wives Council confronts Vladimir Putin, demanding answers on the war with Ukraine
A leader of the group is Olga Tsukanova, 46, from Samara, whose son, 20, is lost after being mobilised.
She had already revealed that mothers are facing intrusive surveillance from Putin’s spies for opposing his war.
The new laws ‘will prohibit us – mothers and wives – from voicing all violations concerning the mobilised and conscripts,’ said a statement from the council.
‘Neither the fighters themselves nor their relatives will be able to demand that their rights to proper equipment and provision with everything necessary be respected.’
They warned: ‘Any crimes such as theft, negligence, leaving the…soldiers to their fate…can go unpunished and hidden from the people due to the fact that now it is simply forbidden by law to [discuss] them.’
She taunted Putin with cowardice for failing to meet real mothers personally impacted by the war.
The group he met last week comprised loyalist officials or party hacks, including one woman Nadezhda Uzanova, from Abakan, who previously appeared singing the Russian national anthem on Red Square alongside him after he formally illegally annexed invaded regions of Ukraine as Kremlin territory.
Today it was revealed that the council’s VK social media account had been blocked as Putin’s regime gags the organisation which has led protests over his shambolic mobilisation campaign and the use of keen as cannon fodder.
Yet there are signs that Russians are becoming more vocal over the war, despite the dire risks in speaking out.
Western estimates say Putin’s war has led to the death and wounding of more than 100,000 Russian servicemen.